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Its original Greek name, Agios Theologos, referred to John the Theologian. In the 14th century, it was the capital of the Emirate of Aydin. Under the Ottoman Empire, it was known as Ayasoluk.
Selçuk is one of the most visited tourist destinations within Turkey, known for its closeness to the ancient city of Ephesus, House of the Virgin Mary and Seljuk works of art. The 6th century Basilica of St. John the Apostle, which, some claim, is built on the site of the Apostle’s tomb, is also inside the town. The old quarter of Selçuk retains much traditional Turkish culture.
This tour is especially designed to discover the hidden treasures of the spectacular, interesting and realistic sights of Ephesus. We visit the biblical city and the ancient Roman capital of Asia Minor. Ephesus is widely regarded as one of the best-preserved Roman cities in the world and center of early Christianity. Overnight Selcuk (L, D)
Today we visit The Basilica of St John an incredible sight with its labyrinth of halls and marble courtyard. The House of the Virgin Mary is believed by many to be the place where Saint John took the mother of Jesus after the crucifixion and from which she ascended to heaven. Also make a visit to the nearby and highly regarded Archeological Museum, with some of the best collections of Greek and Roman artifacts to be found anywhere in Turkey, Transfer to the airport for your flight to Istanbul (B, L)